As I was growing up in Behchoko, I used to watch the sewing and beading of my grandma and my aunty when they were making mukluks for the winter. I started sketching the designs when I was about five years old. I watched how they made the flowers and I wanted to do something too – but I wanted to do it in my own way.
I started painting when I was at Chief Jimmy Bruneau School. They had lots of painting classes and I learned about colours there. I was picked by Archie Beaulieu to paint with him on canvas. I was so happy and full of joy. From there I just practiced day after day. Sometimes I would go out on the land to study the willows, trees and landscape.
People in my paintings are mostly hunting, trapping and fishing on the land. I want other people to see how people live in teepees or tents and make dry fish and things like that. That is what I like to capture. My paintings also tell stories about legends from way back. They are Tlicho stories and they talk about living on the land.
I decide what I am going to paint by using my mind and my heart. If I see my vision on a blank canvas it comes from my heart. My favourite painting is about a well-known Tlicho story my grandmother told me – a lady got lost on the land and two angels guided her back.